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Applied Behavior Analysis and Speech Pathology- My Journey and a ABA Glossary

By Rosemarie Griffin

Hello everyone! Thanks for stopping by. If you are new here, my name is Rose Griffin. I am a speech language pathologist and a board certified behavior analyst. This is my very first blog post and I am so excited that you are here! * I hope that when you get to the end of the article that you will download the free applied behavior analysis glossary I have developed for all of you! *

I wanted to start my first blog by discussing my professional journey. I get asked a lot about that and wanted to tell you a little about me and how I can help you in your every day practice.

I remember working with my graduate school mentor during my school experience like it was yesterday ( it was about 15 years ago!). I loved working with all of the students, but especially the students with autism. There was something so challenging about getting the students to attend, but when they did and you were able to help them learn something new, the feeling was so amazing! Ever since that part of my journey, I have picked positions along the way that allowed me to specialize in working with students with autism and other complex communication disorders.

I made life long friends in my 3 years working at the Cleveland Clinic Center for Autism. I loved my time working down in Austin, Texas as an Autism Facilitator and Support Specialist. It was in this position where I was able to collaborate with an amazing staff of SLPs. I would speak at their monthly staff meetings about topics related to effective treatment for students with autism. I would also visit and work with them in their individual buildings. I loved seeing all of the great things they were doing for kids and being able to share this with and among therapists. It was during this time that I completed my coursework for my BCBA through UNT. I was supervised by a wonderful BCBA, took the dreaded BCBA exam and passed! Hooray I was elated. And so it began this journey as a SLP/BCBA.

Fast forward six years later and here we are! I am now a proud momma of 3 little ones, wife, slp/bcba, creator of the action builder cards and newbie TPT store owner. I started this blogging journey because I wanted to get good information out to other professionals who may be feeling frustrated or overwhelmed by working with students with autism and other complex communication disorders. So know that the information that I post in my blog will be relevant, effective and functional for your caseload. Let me help you provide systematic language instruction with ease!

A great first step on this journey is learning more about the basic concepts involved with applied behavior analysis. I hope that you will sign up to receive an aba glossary I have created. Sign up below.

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